Mary's Delicious Caramel Squares Recipe
Let me set the stage for you—it was a really gray and rainy day here on Whidbey Island, and I was in the kitchen. I wanted to make something easy and quick to satisfy my sweet tooth. I had a bag of Kraft's caramel bits, coconut, some walnuts, and some chocolate chips. "I can make something really delicious with you all," I said to myself. And so I did.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. It's so simple that even a child could make it—with an adult supervising, of course. There are only four ingredients and you only have to use the microwave—it just can't get any easier than that. The outcome is a very tasty candy that's not too sweet, not too hard, and not too soft. All of these are components of a winning recipe.
So, grab your ingredients, follow me into the kitchen, and let's get started, shall we? If you make these, be sure to leave me a comment and tell me what you think of them. I hope you love them as much as I do. Cheers!
- 1 (11-oz.) bag Kraft's caramel bits
- 1/2 cup coconut
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Place the caramel bits into a small glass bowl and microwave them for 1 1/2 minutes on high. Depending on your microwave, you may need to add a few more seconds to make sure they are nicely melted.
- Stir the caramel with a spatula until creamy.
- Add the coconut and the walnuts until they are all completely mixed together. I like to use my hands, so I put a tiny bit of olive oil on my fingers and then go for it. If you don't like to get your hands messy, just use a spatula.
- Line an 8" x 8" glass pan with foil. Spread the mixture in the pan, making sure it's nice and even on all sides.
- Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl and microwave them on high for about a minute. If they are not fully melted, add a few more seconds to the timer.
- Once the chocolate chips are melted, use the spatula to mix them until they are the consistency of icing. spread onto the caramel mixture.
- Take some coconut and sprinkle it on top.
- Place your caramel treat in the refrigerator for about half an hour, then remove it from the pan with the foil, get rid of the foil, and cut it into squares.
- Makes about 18 squares, so double the recipe if you need more. Enjoy this delicious and easy treat!
How to Melt Caramel
We were poor when I was growing up, and I was the oldest of seven in our family. I can recall making Mexican candy for my brothers and sisters years ago . . . it was awesome seeing their faces light up when they knew I was making them something sweet and delicious. Those memories are priceless!